Chilean exports of fishery products and aquaculture in the first 10 months of 2012 reached 3.8 billion dollars,1% over the same period in 2011. But the volume of exports increased 11.3%, according to the latest stats from Chile’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Under-Secretariat (Subpesca).
Sales of frozen products and fishmeal were the most significant representing 48.9% and 24.1% of the total volume. This was followed by frozen products, 11.7% and fish oil, 6.1%.
Subpesca stats show the main export item was Atlantic salmon, with 1.2bn dollars, 31.6% of the total value of exports. This was followed by rainbow trout, Pacific salmon and boneless pelagic fish, among others.
Chilean products were sent to 107 countries, of which nine concentrated 79.4%, among which Japan, US, Brazil, China and Spain.
Regarding the extractive sector, accumulated value of fish exports (517.000 tons) between January and October 2012 reached 1.07bn dollars, a 6.9% drop compared to the same period of the previous year.
In the first 10 months 253.130 tons of fishmeal, (345.3 million dollars) were exported and a year earlier the volume was 260.570 tons and 389.2 million dollars. Main fishmeal markets: China, Japan, Korea and Germany.
Exports of frozen seafood products totalled 484.6 million dollars, down 5.9% compared to the same period a year ago. Main markets: Nigeria, Japan and US, which accounted for 19.5%, 16.3% and 16% respectively.
As for canned products, sales in the first 10 months of 2012 totalled 71 million dollars, 12.8% down from a year earlier.
Summing up aquaculture accounted for two thirds of total exports export between January and October last year, with 531.000 tons and 2.73bn dollars. (FIS/MP).-